The Importance of Keeping Others Apprised of Your Mental State

mentalstateI was recently blessed to meet a woman who, a few years back, had to take on the responsibility of caring for her aging parents. She told me that being caught in the “middle” had taken it’s toll on her. She was in her late 40s. Her daughter was in high school. Her husband was a prominent attorney. Her parents, however, were in their late 70s. They had been in good health up until her father suffered a stroke and her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Despite having two brothers, the role of caretaker fell to her. She was immediately thrown into the middle of caring for her own “family” and caring for her parents, who could no longer survive on their own. Her father was a proud man and refused to leave his home. Instead, he demanded she come to his home every day with food and to keep him and his wife, her mother, company. With a child and husband of her own this seemed more of a burden than a welcome visit. [Read more...]

The Benefits of Creating Something on Your Own

=Sometimes in life it is important to “make something.” This may sound simple and silly at first but I assure you it isn’t.

A friend of mine recently told me a story about his grand-daughter. She moved to Los Angeles last year and has been following a dream of becoming an actress. She told my friend, her Grandfather, that she just doesn’t seem to feel any “self worth”. Chasing fame and prestige is exhausting and she can’t seem to remember why she even got into it in the first place. My friend informed his lovely granddaughter that in order to feel “self worth” you must create it- on your own time and on your scale. At first she seemed confused by the notion of “self-defining.” [Read more...]

The Reasons I Volunteer to Drive a Moving Truck

My religion is very important to me and helping the needy and elderly is an essential part of my belief system. This is why I try to find ways to volunteer with my local church and community organizations. One of my newest volunteer jobs is driving a moving truck. This might sound like a strange job for a volunteer, but what I am actually doing is helping the elderly members of the community move from their family home into the local retirement villages/homes. This is an important service and as well as helping these people move their household items I am also able to help them with the emotional strain of leaving their family home. I wanted to share a little bit more about this ministry with my readers.

How I got started driving the moving truck
I originally got involved with the program because we live in an area with many retirees and our church had found that many were struggling to deal with the physical and emotional demands of moving from their family home into a retirement village/home. As an elderly gentleman myself I could relate to their situation so I decided that I would get involved with the project. Our church decided to create the project and we offer this service free to any elderly people in the area (you don’t have to be a part of the church). We had a small budget to begin with and I began to make contact with a few local and national moving truck companies. Fortunately, we were able to source an end of lease discount rental truck from and the company donated the vehicle for no upfront cost as long as we were responsible for the upkeep and maintenance. We then put the word out that we needed volunteers at and we had 12 people join the project.

The impact of this project
The elderly people that we help are genuinely thankful for our service. For those frail or unwell we offer to sort, pack, load and move all of their belongings and this has been a great help to those in this situation. We also have a great chance to minister to these people and learn about them and share their stories. We also provide emotional support and counseling for those struggling with the idea of leaving their family home. In fact, we have found that many elderly people become depressed at this time and we are able to get them the help and support they need. It has been such a rewarding experience and we have heard so many stories of people being so grateful for the service at the time of need.

How volunteering helps me
The main reason I volunteer this because I believe that God wants us to help others. However, volunteering has also been a great help to me. Since my retirement I have more free time and it is nice to give something back to the community. Helping others is also a very rewarding experience and there is no feeling quite like it in the world. I am also working together with other members of the church community and this brings us closer together. Volunteering is also a great way to learn new skills and one of the younger members of the project has actually landed a job with a professional moving company from his experience with us.

I enjoy helping others and this is just one way that I volunteer my time for the church and the community. I encourage everyone else to get out there and engage with the community and provide support for those in need.

Creating a Rest House Out of Used Cargo Containers

When you have already retired, it would be nice to have a place where you can just sit and relax comfortably. If you wish to get out from the bustling noise of the city, you can just drive to your rest house and feel good about life.

Sadly, building a rest house could be very expensive. Thus, most retirees opt to just have a vacation elsewhere. Though this is also fine, it cannot be done always as the expenses will accumulate. If you really wish to have a rest house without spending a lot, then consider using used cargo containers.

The truth is that there are already a lot of houses around the world that were built out of used cargo containers. They were able to transform old containers into something magnificent. It is just a matter of creativity.

Strong and Reliable

One of the reasons why people are afraid to build houses out of used containers is that they think they are already damaged. The truth is that they won’t be sold for reuse unless they have not been checked. Cargo containers that are damaged will no longer be sold as they are deemed unsafe. The ones that you can buy are totally safe. They are in fact of low maintenance. Wherever you decide to build your rest house, be it near the sea or on top of a cliff, you have nothing to worry about.

Low Cost Rest House

Used cargo containers are generally cheap. If you opt to build a house out of scratch, then you would have to spend a lot. You may also throw recycled furniture or home decorations to match with the environment-friendly theme that you wish to project.

Once the rest house is done, not only will you feel relaxed, but you will also feel a sense of satisfaction and achievement. Hopefully, you will consider this as this is a very economical choice. You can check out used shipping container prices here if you worry about the price. For more information on how cargo container decoration works, visit

Gaining Friends in a Legal Process

After working for several decades, I am now enjoying my retirement.  It seems like I have devoted more than half of my life to earning money to provide for my family, and now my children have families of their own, I can take things easy and do the things that I have always wanted to do, like fishing and woodworking.

During my high school days, I really enjoyed our carpentry subject, and I discovered that I have a talent for woodworking and my carpentry skills were quite good. Living in a sub-urban community has its perks. Years ago, I started planting trees in my backyard and now I’m using the wood that I can get from them. For me, it is such a wonderful feeling to have my own source of wood to use for crafting.

Before, I believed that sub-urban people are the friendliest neighbors that you can have. Not until one of my neighbors entered my property to gather some wood from my backyard. Since I have invested a lot of time and effort in growing them over the years, it did not sit right with me that someone I am not that close to trespassed on my property and gathered wood from my trees without permission. It might sound silly, being a neighbor and all, but I know I have a right to file a trespassing case.

If he just apologized to me I could have let it pass. But to my surprise, he acted as if he does not care about my sentiments. This made me realize that I need to teach someone a lesson, by legal means. My neighbor hired a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based criminal defense lawyer, which he found on this website. The case went on just fine and to my relief, my neighbor and I are now in good terms, after he apologized and paid some fine.

After that incident, he became our family friend. It never occurred to me that one day, he would be of great help. He referred my sister to a very good child custody attorney. I thank God that He made me meet this person, who I initially thought was an enemy.

Christian Living: To Get a Tattoo or Not?

There were no such qualms on this issue in our generation but there is now. Tattooing is a hot topic that the young and hip would like to get into. Let us examine the issues surrounding this concern and hopefully, you get a clear view of the decision you have to make afterwards, without putting your Christian belief in jeopardy.

The Bible Says

If you will examine the Bible for any hint whether getting a tattoo is right or wrong, you will not succeed. This is one of those “disputable matters” that were not specifically dealt with in black or white.

Although there is a verse in the Bible that reads: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:28), you cannot use it to conclude that tattooing is considered sinful in Christian living. If you read that verse in context, it was merely addressing the pagan rituals of old. In today’s world, however, such is not considered a ritual but mostly a form of cosmetic enhancement, even freedom of expression.

Judge your Motives

The best way to arrive at a sound decision, therefore, is to examine your motives for getting a tattoo in the first place. Is it intended to glorify the Lord God or merely to draw attention to yourself? Will having your skin marked cause strains in your relationship with your family? Will wanting to get a tattoo cause you to disobey the parents you are supposed to respect and honor?

If you honestly answer those questions, you will find it within your heart what is the right choice and what the Lord wants you to do.

Tattoos Last Long and are Expensive to Remove

Tattooing has become more common these days but that should not give you the license to go ahead and get one without giving it some careful thought. There are specific health risks that allowing needles to pierce your skin. You may contract an infection, or get an allergic reaction to the dye, or worse, a blood-borne disease caused by contamination.

Also, the ink pigments injected to your skin do not fade away just like that. If, after a while you grow less fond of the skin marks you have gotten for yourself, you will need the help of qualified cosmetic physicians to get rid of it. Only cosmetic tattoo removal technology today, costs a good sum of money.

We dare say step on the brakes for now. You should weigh your issues regarding tattoos before you get into something you may regret.

Loving My Retirement

So many people dread retiring. This is because they have made their jobs the most important aspect of their personality. This shouldn’t be the case. I, for one, am very happy in retirement. This is because I never made my work my everything. Sure, it was a very important part of my life, but it was never the most important thing in it. There are a lot of things people should look forward to in retirement, and in this post, I am going to talk about some of them. Hopefully, by doing so, I’ll be able to help my readers, even the really young ones, be able to fully prepare for retirement.

One of the best things about being retired is that I’m able to spend more time with my family. Sure, my kids are obviously all grown up so I’m not being “parental” to them anymore, but I do love spending time with my grandchildren. It’s like I’m a new parent again when I’m spending time with them. There’s really nothing like seeing your grandchildren grow and actually being able to help them become better persons as they do so. Many grandparents from here in Toronto don’t make it a point to be close to their grandchildren, and they mope around just because they don’t have work anymore. This shouldn’t be the case. As a retired grandparent, you should really consider getting close to your children. Trust me, it’s a great experience.

Another thing I love about being retired is that I’m able to engage in my hobbies more. One of the hobbies I engage in happens to be home improvement. Just recently, I had some professional roofers based in Toronto redo my entire home’s roofing. It’s been untouched for twenty years, you see, and it already had significant wear and tear. Obviously, I couldn’t replace the roof on my own, so I got help from professionals, and rightly so. Through their work, my roof was replaced very easily, and at a fair price too. If you are also from Toronto, then you can deal with roofing problems as I easily as I did. Here in Toronto roofing companies that really know how to provide the most amazing services abound. The best part is that most of them offer their services at very reasonable rates.

Another thing that I love about being retired is that I’m able to relax. So many people who are afraid of losing their work actually fear being relaxed for long periods of time. This shouldn’t be the case. Although we’ve been conditioned to be busy, it is not a necessity. In fact, people shouldn’t treat being busy as an important goal. Being able to relax can be more a sign of success than being busy.

Hopefully, this post of mine ends up being really helpful. Tomorrow, I’m going to talk about another hobby of mine that I wasn’t able to engage in back when I still had work: fishing! It might seem like such a boring activity, but it isn’t. My grandson even does it with me when he’s free!

On Being Charitable

I’ve lived on this Earth for such a long time, and in such a period of time, I’ve seen so many people help out others despite not getting anything in return. In today’s world, where most Christians don’t actually make it a point to help out our less fortunate brothers, there’ still a ray of hope. In this post, I’m actually going to talk about how some roofers from Toronto ended up helping poor housing communities without getting paid. Hopefully, by doing so, I’ll get more of my readers to not take acts of charity for granted.

When it comes to roofing Toronto residents trust some companies a lot more than others. There are many reasons for this. One reason would have to be the fact that all of the contractors who work for these companies are certified and insured. Because they are certified, people can rest assured that they have had the necessary training to handle roofing problems of all kinds. And because they are insured, people don’t have to worry about the contractors damaging a property of theirs while on the job – this is because the cost of the damage will be covered by the contractors’ insurance.

Still, even though these companies already offer the most amazing services to the residents of Toronto, they actually go beyond it. Every now and then, they actually help out our less fortunate brothers and sisters for free. What makes these companies amazing toronto roofers isn’t the fact that are actually very good at what they do, but rather, the fact they actually help out for free. There are plenty of amazing roofers out there, but the contractors from Roofing Master are the only ones who make it a point to help out for free.

I actually interviewed one of the contractors from one of the companies about their charitable works, and here’s what he told me:

“We really make it a point to help out poor housing communities because it is our duty as Christians. In today’s world, even though we are constantly reminded by our pastors to help out, not a lot of people do so. It’s really a shame. We don’t want to be as apathetic as these people. We want to make a difference. By doing our job, we hope to not only provide amazing roofing to our beneficiaries, but also inspire other people. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Christian or not, we must help out, even if only in our own little ways.”

Tomorrow, I’m going to talk about a subject that most youngsters don’t think about: aging. You might think that aging isn’t a very important issue, but that’s only because you’re young. As you grow old, you will find yourself thinking more and more about it, as well as your place in the world. Without proper guidance, aging might get the best of you. The good news is that by adopting a certain mindset, you can deal with it much better. You may actually even look forward to it. Do visit my blog again tomorrow to know what I have to say.

Tips on Starting a Woodworking Hobby

HobbyHorseWood-mainBeing a retiree means I have time on my hands. However, this does not mean that I waste it sitting around and doing nothing. Since I love working with my hands and being creative, I took up woodworking as a hobby and have enjoyed doing it or a number of years.

Many people believe that woodworking is a hobby for retirees and older people. Although I know several seniors like me who like creating items from wood, many from the younger generation are taking it up as a hobby. Regardless of what age group you belong, you can start a woodworking hobby. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Woodworking is very versatile; meaning, you can produce different products made of wood like pieces of furniture, cabinets, bird and doll houses, and even tiny jewelry. A good question to ask yourself before embarking on your new pastime is: what type of projects do you want to create? In order to enjoy what you are doing, you need to create items that you have a passion for. This will also determine what materials and equipment you are going to use.

Based on what you want to make, you have to decide if you prefer power or hand tools. Power tools are ideal when you want to finish your projects at a rapid pace. If you are like me who want to take time with crafting things with my hand, then you can go with hand tools like chisels and scrapers. I like my hobby to be relaxing and I do not want to deal with the noise and dust that can result in using power tools. No matter what tools you employ, make sure they are of good quality and can last for years. If the tools I need are not available in the local supply, I purchase them online from sites like, a building supplies online store that also sells good quality hand tools.

Another issue you might want to consider is where to set up your hobby area. It can be a spare room in the house, a shed or the garage. Remember that your working area can set limits on what you will be working on. For instance, it would be impractical to make large cabinets in a tiny room. Also, working with wood can create dust and noise and this can be bothersome to neighbors and the other occupants of the house. It is good to keep these things in mind when deciding on your woodworking area. However, don’t let these space limitations stop you from doing what you love. If woodworking in your house is not feasible, you can check if there is a local guild in your area. If so, you can register for membership and use the shops that are available for members to hone your woodworking skills. It would also be a great way to meet others who have the same interest as you do.

A concern that is of primary importance is safety. Woodworking requires the use of tools and these tools come with certain hazards. Power tools can cause severe injury when used in the wrong way. You can get cuts from hand tools. Dust from wood could give you respiratory problems, not to mentions the harmful fumes you might breathe in from varnish and other finishing solvents. Such risks require certain precautionary measures when working with wood. Make sure that you always wear protective clothing and your working area is properly lighted and ventilated. Read and reread the manuals when employing power tools, or watch video tutorials on the internet on the proper way of operating them. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand in your woodworking room.

Woodworking is an enjoyable hobby that will keep you happily preoccupied for years. It will also keep your creative juices flowing while giving you the tremendous satisfaction in being able to create items that are both usable and beautiful.

Helping Out Through Binary Options Trading

As a Christian, it is our duty to help out. Unfortunately, though, over my many years in this world, I have seen most Christians ignoring such a basic duty. It is such a shame. To many Christians, having faith in God is enough. This is not the case. God wants us to also help out our less fortunate brothers and sisters, even if it means we have to suffer. Considering that there are so many easy ways one can help out in today’s world, it’s really a shame that many Christians still don’t take the time to do so.

In this post, I’m going to focus on how people can raise money easily for charities. Hopefully, by doing this, I’ll give my fellow Christians a great idea on how they can donate to their charities of choice. How exactly am I able to help out without having to break my bank? I’m able to do so through binary options trading (click this link for more information).

Now, you might not be familiar with it, but binary options trading happens to be one of the most popular forms of online trading right now. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, however, and this is because most people find it easy to profit from it. How does one do binary options trading, exactly? To do binary options trading, people have to first register for the services of a binary options trading brokerage (visit this website to know more). Once they have done this, they can immediately buy options and then place trades on them.

How exactly can a person profit from options? To profit from options, people just have to correctly guess whether the values of the assets they are for are going to increase or decrease by a certain time. Making the correct prediction will always lead to monetary rewards. Considering its simplicity and the fact that it’s actually much easier to profit from it, it’s easy to see why many charitable individuals have been taking advantage of it in order to donate to their charities of choice.

In my case, I do binary options trading around an hour or two a day. Just by doing this, I’m able to earn thousands of dollars of extra money a month. I keep 25% of my profits for myself; as for the other 75%, I donate it to Christian charities. Although I’m not able to fully enjoy the fruits of my labor, I’m glad that what I donate ends up reaching so many poor families in need of assistance. I’m just glad knowing that they are getting access to food, healthcare, and other important things thanks to my help.

Hopefully, this post of mine ends up being helpful to many of my readers. For tomorrow’s post, I’m going to talk about careers. In my many years here on Earth, I have learned a thing or two about how to make it in the corporate world, and the knowledge I gain is still applicable in today’s world. By applying the things I’ll be talking about tomorrow in your work, I’m sure you’ll be able to find success more easily.

Why People of Retirement Age Should Look Into Binary Options Trading

I worked as a civil servant for four decades. I would’ve continued being one if I had the choice, but I didn’t. Old age has forced me into retirement. Still, even though this is the case, I’m able to earn a lot of money for myself. Also, I’m still able to donate a lot of money to the charities of my choice. Now, you might be wondering how I’m able to do these things despite being retired. The truth is that I’m able to do such things because I do binary options trading at Banc de Binary. When it comes to binary options trading, there is no age limit; anyone can make a great amount of profit on a monthly basis by working with a licensed brokerage.

Now, you might be asking yourself, what exactly is binary options trading? Binary options trading is a form of online trading that first appeared a little more than a half a decade ago. Since it first appeared, more and more people from all over the world have started doing it. One of the reasons why more and more people are doing it is that binary options trading is very simple. To place a binary options trade, one just has to guess if the value of an underlying asset will increase or decrease when the option for it expires. By making the correct guess, one ends up earning a fixed amount of profit.

Of course, when doing binary options trading, people should make it a point to work with a licensed brokerage. This is because unlicensed brokerages are unregulated; they can rob their clients of their hard-earned profits at any time. Unless one works with a legitimate brokerage, one runs the risk of losing all their money. Sure, many unlicensed brokerages offer many seemingly amazing “perks” to their clients, but these parks are nothing to losing all your investments.

Through binary options trading, I’m able to earn thousands of dollars’ worth of extra money a month. As a good Christian, I make it a point to donate half of my earnings to the charities of my choice. As for the other half, I keep it for myself. Many retired people find that they are not able to find satisfaction in living a lifestyle that’s devoid of work. Whenever such people come up to me, I tell them to do binary options trading. By doing binary options trading, retired people are able to work and earn a lot of money despite not being able to get a traditional office-based job.

Hopefully, this post of mine proves helpful to my readers. While most of my readers are probably not of retirement age, they can still recommend binary options trading to their loved ones who are. In today’s world, people of retirement age who still want to work and contribute to society can do so by getting into binary options trading. So long as they work with a licensed brokerage, they can avoid the risk of being defrauded whilst increasing their chances of finding long-term success in trading.

The Desire to Retire

retireIt’s come to my attention recently that the desire to retire is weighing heavily upon some 50-somethings who started out their careers thinking they were “doing the right thing.” Let me explain. My nephew is a successful lawyer and businessman. He and his two brothers both attended a trade high school during the 1970s. His one brother became a successful plumber and his other brother became a lead electrician. He, on the other hand, opted to become the first member of his family to go to college. He became an assistant district attorney and later left public office to start his own business.

As a defense attorney he successfully became one of the most prominent lawyers in his home state. Wealthy and respected, he felt he had accomplished everything he’d set out to do. After 30 years of practicing law, however, his drive and ambition started to fade. All he wanted to do, he said, was retire. He looked around at many of his friends and saw them retiring 2, 3, even 5 years before him. He started to wonder if he had made the right decision when it came to practicing law and starting his own firm.

With no retirement in sight, he began to think that public office and working for someone else was a better “life option.” Maybe the “American Dream” that had been instilled in him, and which he had succeeded in attaining, wasn’t really a dream, at all. With the current economy and state of affairs in this country, is running your own business a necessary building block of entrepreneurship, or is it a false promise of success that only leads to an endless road with no cushion to fall upon as you enter your golden years?

Whatever the answer, it is important to take stock in your accomplishments and try and enjoy whatever career path you have chosen. Comparing yourself to others will never bring any happiness. In life, the grass may always appear greener on the other side. I can assure you though, the grass they’re planting is all the same!